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Marginal Territories

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This Project derived from a long research into poverty and wealth; and the contrasts between the wealthy and the poor.

The Marginal Territories project explores liminal spaces, which map out different faces of society, dividing many things, including roads, rivers, open spaces and buildings. How the rich and the poor share the same world.

The focus of my research is Deptford in South London, where history, poverty and wealth co-exist side by side. This was originally inspired by research conducted by Charles Booth into level of poverty in South London in the late 19th century. He conducted a systematic survey of the area, on foot using buildings amongst other indicators, to gauge poverty levels.

In this project I have chosen to emphasise the liminal spaces.

The term “liminality” stems from the Latin “limen,” meaning boundary or threshold. Liminality represents the midpoint of transition, the space in between. In this project we are looking at the space in between poverty and wealth.

The area is rich in history and heritage; I have explored how history changes an area. “History turns space into place”. Wells Liz. (P.19) I have looked at the history of Deptford to see how the changes have taken place over time. Deptford is in the middle of a redevelopment programme and the contrasts with the past are immense.

Images of the past entered these spaces, ‘Marginal Territories’, left behind their constraining presence and found their identities shifting and changing.

The liminal spaces that we inhabit and within which we work, are everywhere. The use of liminal spaces allows an implicit contrast in which the boundaries of the rich and poor overlap.

I started my investigation in Nov 2011.

I have been inspired to photograph many individual places during my investigation into Deptford’s liminal spaces …… the High Street, the River Side, the Creek, the Florence Hall, the dark alley’s, the derelict places, (where the homeless go and stay) and the Laban Centre where the dancing takes place.

A theme of images of liminal spaces are presented. We see lush green banks against the backdrop of new construction; contrasted with decaying and dilapidated buildings, piles of rubbish, echoes of the past and areas of poverty.



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